The 20 Vocalises written by singing master Ferdinand Sieber were chosen, arranged and recorded for this edition by the solo trumpeter Frits Damrow. The pieces focus on the - often neglected - middle and lower register. The book is a sequel to Bel Canto for Brass, another "vocalise" method offering suitable exercises for breathing, sound quality, intonation and endurance.
I am very happy with this volume. It follows on from 'Bel Canto' by the same author/publisher, which is also an excellent play-along of lyrical studies. The studies in this volume are more technical but the trickier passages can be quickly mastered allowing the focus to remain on producing a flowing melodic line. I find both volumes extremely enjoyable to play and this encourages me to include this important aspect of trumpet playing into my daily practice. The accompaniement and demonstration tracks on the CD are excellent. NB The piano accompaniment is not included but I understand is available separately. Anonymous
- (Hereford, United Kingdom)